Aashish Murali

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Mourinho, Martial and an unbeaten United in pre-season

Mourinho, Martial and an unbeaten United in pre-season

Two of the biggest and most popular football clubs in the world - Real Madrid and Manchester United, engaged in a friendly bout in the States as a dress rehearsal for the European Super Cup encounter which is scheduled to take place in two weeks for the first piece of silverware of the season. The game ended 1-1 and the Reds somehow stumbled on to a win - through a frankly, comical penalty shootout - where seven out of ten …
Lukaku and Rashford 'could' be United's new Yorke and Cole

Lukaku and Rashford 'could' be United's new Yorke and Cole

Ambitious title, isn't it?  When Lukaku and Rashford started together for the first time at Manchester United, in a fairly historic event - the first Manchester derby held outside of UK and the first time the two sides faced each other after the horrific terrorist/suicide bomber attack in May, there was as much excitement among the United fans as there was respect from both sides, on the pitch and the terraces in Houston, who made it nothing less than a …
Manchester United cannot afford to sell Darmian this Summer

Manchester United cannot afford to sell Darmian this Summer

The pre-season friendlies have well and truly begun and naturally, social media is littered with hot takes and tactical analyses of games that are played for the sole purpose of integrating new signings into the first team and building fitness ahead of the new season. Amidst the bedlam, United are still negotiating deals, the nature of some - unclear, yet others - pretty obvious, at this point in time. The Red Devils are reported to be in advanced talks to finally …
Smalling, Jones and Mourinho's Options in Central Defence

Smalling, Jones and Mourinho's Options in Central Defence

Manchester United will begin their pre-season tour of 2017 in the United States of America and the preparations are already underway in the UCLA campus, where the club will based at between the 10th and 22nd of July. The Red Devils have made two key additions in the transfer market and there is a consensus that the club will sign at least two more ahead of the new season - to bolster their first team squad enough to compete in five …
What Wayne Rooney could bring to Everton Football Club

What Wayne Rooney could bring to Everton Football Club

Everton football club have hogged the limelight for most of this transfer window so far and that did not change yesterday when the Blues announced the return of their prodigal son Wayne Rooney after a 13-year dissociation. 'Welcome Home Wayne' was the underlying message attached to every bit of information they put out on various social media outlets and it looked like everything was falling in place for Everton under the new ownership. The Blues, on top of what has …
Lukaku is the flat-track bully Mourinho needs at Manchester United

Lukaku is the flat-track bully Mourinho needs at Manchester United

The initial reaction to the news that Manchester United were in advanced talks including agreeing a fee in a staggering deal to sign Everton's Romelu Lukaku was one of utter disbelief. This slowly morphed into shock and now, having had a couple of days to process everything, this writer is positively excited and completely convinced that the soon-to-be-confirmed move makes total sense to United - in almost every aspect. To understand and even quantify what Lukaku could bring to Manchester …
Players to Watch in the Manchester United Pre-Season Tour 2017

Players to Watch in the Manchester United Pre-Season Tour 2017

This weekend will see the Manchester United squad officially begin their preparations for the upcoming campaign - with a return to the United States of America. The importance of rebuilding fitness to get up to speed particularly on the back of one of the longest and most arduous campaigns in the club's history cannot be overstated. With the lack of new signings much to the manager's chagrin and uncertainty around some of the existing members of the first team with short …
Wayne Rooney, Manchester United and a Costly Conundrum

Wayne Rooney, Manchester United and a Costly Conundrum

In just under two weeks, Manchester United will begin their pre-season preparations for the upcoming season in the United States of America - in a hectic run of games that will include Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona in the space of seven days. Although the usual excitement around the build-up to a fresh season still exists in a large scale - there is also a growing sense of unease, for want of the right word, among the supporters who spend …
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